What should have been 10 minutes of fun turned out to be an hour of horror when this woman’s parasailing adventure went horribly wrong.
What should have been 10 minutes of fun turned out to be an hour of horror when this woman’s parasailing adventure went horribly wrong.

‘Don’t let me die’: Woman’s words before crash

A WOMAN parasailor was left floating in the air for almost an hour before plummeting to the ground after the rope attaching her to the boat snapped.

Katie Malone was supposed to be in the air for 10 minutes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when the cord attaching her to the boat suddenly snapped, reports The Sun.

The 29-year-old, from San Diego, California, was stuck in the air for 45 minutes during a storm before falling hundreds of feet.

Her dad said Katie's last words before she passed out were: "Please don't let me die, please don't let me be paralysed".

Then she smashed into an airport.

Katie Malone was badly injured in a horrifying parasailing accident in Mexico. Picture: ABC
Katie Malone was badly injured in a horrifying parasailing accident in Mexico. Picture: ABC

Miraculously she survived the crash at the Puerto Vallarta airport, but the suffered a series of agonising injuries.

Katie fractured her pelvis, skull, jaw, cheek and four ribs and suffered a collapsed lung.

She also suffered serious head trauma and with surgeons having to put in 14 screws and titanium mesh in her head.

Her dad Kelly told KSWB: "It's one of those calls you never want to take and of course you're thinking the worst."

He flew Mexico to see his daughter and couldn't believe the contrast to the smiling girl he had seen in vacation pictures she had texted him just days before.

Katie was celebrating her 29th birthday when the cord snapped leaving her being tossed in the air for an hour. Picture: ABC
Katie was celebrating her 29th birthday when the cord snapped leaving her being tossed in the air for an hour. Picture: ABC

Although Katie was overcoming some obstacles, things turned dire when her pituitary gland - found at the base of the brain - swelled to 10 times its normal size.

Her brother Brendan made a video from her hospital bed, pleading for help so that she could be flown home for treatment back in the US.

He said: "Her pituitary gland won't stop swelling, it's sending false messages to her kidney with certain degrees of this, it becomes life-threatening.

"Doctors here at the hospital feel they've done the best they can, but unfortunately the type of medical attention she needs is in the United States."

Since Katie did not have travel insurance, a GoFundMe campaign raised money for her initial operations.

But it was not enough to cover the costs of an air ambulance back to California which prompted former California politician Duncan L Hunter and his son, current California congressman Duncan D Hunter to step in.

Hunter Sr contacted the Mexican embassy and sent a personal guarantee to Life Flight for the air ambulance.

He said several other groups also helped pay for the flight and hundreds have since donated to pay for Katie's hospital bills.

After Katie landed back in California, she was transferred to UC San Diego Medical Centre in an ambulance.

Cops in Mexico are investigating the parasailing company behind the horrific crash.

This story was originally published on The Sun and is republished with permission.



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